35 years ago, the first piece of malware to ever spread out in the wild came into existence. Dubbed “Elk Cloner” and created by a 15-year old programmer named Rich Skrenta, Elk Cloner was a boot sector virus that targeted the Apple II and spread via floppy disk. Fueled by curiosity as opposed to malice, Skrenta designed Elk Cloner as a fun little prank and a way to immerse himself in the oh so fun world of assembly language.
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